Penfolds Bin 128 Coonawarra Shiraz 2004
Coonawarra, South Australia, cork seal
This wine was a gift from a friend and we drunk it to celebrate the first meal at our new table. The Penfolds 2004 Bin range has had a lot of positive press and as I'm a Coonawarra fan I was pretty excited to be trying this.
I got the decanter in action, but the wine was a lot more open and accessible than I expected. The nose was bursting with fruit: ripe red berries were dominant, especially strawberries and raspberries; but there were also blackberries and a suggestion of cigars and cedar. I was pretty amazed with how smooth and integrated the palate was. I tasted plenty of fruit flavours, all the berries were present, but I also got a fair hint of ripe plums. Initially I was thinking it was all fruit, fruit, fruit, but the more I drunk the more I appreciated the quality of it; their were tannins present, but they were soft and seamlessly integrated and as was 14% alcohol. This wine really was a pretty tidy package and is definitely worth a try.
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